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Last call: HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey

The Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding (CIGU) strongly encourages everyone to participate in the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey, which will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. If you have not yet participated, please refer to the email reminder sent from Philip A. Glotzbach (using the email address ) on March 7 at 8:30 a.m. The results from this survey will provide a better understanding of our campus climate and support informed policies and practices related to inclusion and equity. We have received an encouraging response from the Skidmore Community and thank those who have participated.

Skidmore News

Skidmore announces commencement speakers

Skidmore College will bestow honorary degrees upon “Einstein’s Dreams” author Alan Lightman and baseball great Joe Torre on May 18 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Kristie A. Ford, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning, has been selected as the faculty Commencement speaker.


Skidmore alumna was an unsung war hero

Shortly after graduating from Skidmore, Virginia Rathbun Stuart '43 joined a clandestine espionage organization whose work helped win World War II, the New York Times reports.


Strossen keynote for Skidmore Speaks

Nadine Strossen, the first woman ever to lead the American Civil Liberties Union, spoke as part of the "Skidmore Speaks" series. She said censorship of speech deemed hateful was usually counterproductive and called for vocal opposition by civil society to tackle hate.


Skidmore Athletics

Senior guard Edvinas Rupkus of the Skidmore College men’s basketball team caps a remarkable Thoroughbred career with his second-straight National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America First Team Honor. Sophomore guard Noah Meren was named to the NABC All-East District Second Team and the D3hoops.com All-East Region Second Team.

Campus Notes

Aurelia Ball, assistant professor of chemistry, and three recent Skidmore alumni have had a paper accepted for publication in a scientific journal. Ball also presented her research at a conference, where several current and former students also presented.


Yelena Biberman, assistant professor of political science, published an op-ed in the Sri Lanka Guardian.


Ian Berry and Rachel Seligman of the Tang appeared on WAMC.


Christopher Mann, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in the Miami Herald.


Scriber Library’s David Seiler and Rachael Rieck completed a project to digitize and post online more than eight decades of Skidmore News print editions.



from faculty and staff related to professional accomplishments and scholarly endeavors.

Skidmore Spotlight

Jennifer Natyzak

Jennifer Natyzak works as a sustainability coordinator for student programming in the Sustainability Office. Natyzak and her team of students oversee the Skidmore Community Garden, North Woods stewardship, BikeMore, Skidmore Compost and other campus sustainability initiatives.


Dining Services

Spa Specials

St. Patrick’s Day: The Spa will be offering corned beef and cabbage dinners on Monday, March 18 for lunch and as dinners to go. Dinner orders must be by noon, Friday March 15. Dinners are $5.99 and include corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and fresh Irish soda bread.


The Spa: Visit the Spa Monday, March 25 for a Phillips Gourmet mushroom burger sampling from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. On Tuesday, March 26, the Blue Hen in the Adelphi Hotel will be sampling sushi from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.


The Dining Hall will resume normal service on Sunday, March 17 at 9 a.m. .


Chief human resources officer holds open office hours

Brett I. Last will hold open office hours March 12, 2-4 p.m.; March 15, 10 a.m.-noon; March 18, 2-4 p.m.; March 22, 10 a.m.-noon; March 25, 2-4 p.m and March 27, 10 a.m.-noon. If you would like to meet with the CHRO and are unable to attend, .


Staff Advisory Group

Staff are invited to attend next Steering Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 1-2:30 p.m., Case Center small conference room. For more information, .



A 90-minute crash course on structural inequality in America will be held Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. in Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, second floor. .


Girls’ youth soccer clinic series

The women’s soccer team and coaching staff will host clinics March 24 and 31, 5-6:30 p.m. at Wachenheim Field. For more information, .


“Rosenwald” screening

This documentary will be shown Sunday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Davis Auditorium. A $5 donation is requested.


Senior portraits

Senior portraits for the Class of 2019 will be taken Monday, March 25 through Thursday, March 28 at the Skidmore Shop. . The school code is 177.


“Kosher/Soul?: Black-Jewish Identity Cooking”

Michael Twitty will speak as part of the Jacob Perlow Lecture Series Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m., in Filene Recital Hall. .


F. William Harder Lecture

Deb Kelly ’68 will discuss “Brands in Space: Launch Planning Reaches New Heights” Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Filene Recital Hall.


Science on Tap

Neuroscientist Sara Lagalwar from Skidmore College will speak Tuesday, March 26, 6 p.m. on “Fatal Formations: Uncovering the Brain’s Ghosts, Monsters and Zombies” at the Parting Glass. For more information, .


Skidmore Shop

A representative from Herff Jones will provide information about class rings at the Skidmore Shop Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 28, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Symposium on Humanistic Inquiry

Skidmore will host its second annual Symposium on Humanistic Inquiry — this year, exploring the theme of “wonder” — March 29-30 at the Tang. For more information, or contact or .


William E. Weiss Lecture

Pavlina Tcherneva will discuss “Can the Job Guarantee Help Usher in the Next Progressive Era?” Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in Davis Auditorium.


Workforce Team Challenge

Workforce Team Challenge 3.5 mile-run/walk will take place Thursday, May 16 at 6:25 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. . For more information, .

Campus Events

Here’s a sampling of major events this week.

Saturday, March 16

2-3:30 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum, Art Gallery


Tuesday, March 19

6-8 p.m.

Palamountain, Gannett Auditorium


Wednesday, March 20

4-5 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum, Atrium


Wednesday, March 20

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Palamountain, Emerson Auditorium


Thursday, March 21

5-6:30 p.m.

Schick Art Gallery


Thursday, March 21

6:30-9 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum, Atrium


Friday, March 22

2-3 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum, Atrium

Friday, March 22

5-11:59 p.m.


Friday, March 22

4 p.m.

Wachenheim Field


Saturday, March 23

12 p.m.

Wachenheim Field


1 p.m.

Wagner Park


3 p.m.

Wagner Park


3 p.m.

Wachenheim Field


Saturday, March 23

2-3:30 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum

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